A new challenge for Morita Lacquerware, which has been in business for over 100 years. Kobo Seikan, a café attached to the workshop, will open on November 12th in Yamanaka Onsen, Kaga City.
“Experience using and creating” in a special space where you can relax
Morita Lacquerware Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: 528 Wa, Yamanakaonsen Uehara-cho, Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture; President: Takahito Morita; hereinafter referred to as Morita Lacquerware) is a
manufacturer of Yamanaka lacquerware that has been in business for over 100 years. On November 12th (Sat), the company will open its first studio, cafe space, and store [Kobo Jokan] in Yamanaka Onsen, Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture.
Official Instagram https://www.instagram.com/kobo_jokan (external link) [Image 1
Studio Seikan Staff
A warm space with carefully selected antique furniture and a single-plate counter of cherry blossoms for a relaxing atmosphere The store is full of antique tables and furniture, and we would like you to pay attention to the cafe counter that uses a single piece of cherry wood, which is also used as a material for lacquerware. In addition, the store has a sales space where you can actually touch and see the products of the company’s brands “Nurimono Seikan”, “Yamanaka Usubiki Light”, and “KOTO”.
We also sell cute plants with the message, “Even the tree, which is the material of lacquerware, started as a small green sprout.” We also sell baked sweets such as [goat bread], which is popular in Yamanaka Onsen, and we aim to create a store that everyone can enjoy in cooperation with the locals. In the future, we plan to hold workshops for tourists and locals.
Cafe counter using a single plate of cherry blossoms
Baked sweets of [goat bread] are also sold
●Message from manager Noriko
We also have a café, where we serve coffee, Kaga tea, and more, so that everyone who visits us can relax and unwind. In addition to lacquerware, plants and tenugui towels are also sold, so the interior of the store is gorgeously colored, creating a warm and tasteful space. As the name “Seikan” suggests, we would like you to relax and unwind.
There is also a workshop where you can see the process of making Yamanaka lacquerware up close, such as wood turning and lacquering. On the left side of the store, there is a glass-enclosed workshop where you can see up close the process of how craftsmen create Yamanaka lacquerware, such as kijibiki and lacquer coating.
There are more than 10 processes, such as applying lacquer and polishing, and the production period is long. Inside the workshop, which can be seen through the glass, there is a furodana for drying the lacquer that has been used for nearly 100 years. .
The workshop seen through the glass from inside the store
■ Store information
Opening date: Saturday, November 12, 2022
Store name: Kobo Jokan
Location: 531 Yamanaka Onsen Ueharamachi Wa, Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture Business hours: 10:00-17:00
Regular holiday: Wednesday
Number of seats: 20 seats
Parking lot: 7 cars
Lacquerware that you want to maintain and use for generations. Creating products that respond to the evolution of the times Morita Lacquerware continues to create lacquerware that enriches modern life by conveying the techniques and spirit of Yamanaka Lacquerware, a traditional craft with a 450-year history in Yamanaka Onsen. Yamanaka lacquerware is characterized by the use of a lacquering technique called suri lacquer, where raw lacquer is applied thinly to the wood, just like rubbing, and the luster of the lacquer can be enjoyed while making the most of the beauty of the wood grain. is.
One of the techniques of Yamanaka lacquerware is “Usuhiki,” in which the wood base is thinly ground. Could it be used for lighting fixtures by taking advantage of its thinness, which allows light to pass through? I had the idea for a long time, but it was impossible to commercialize a thinly ground lampshade because it would crack with the heat of the light bulb. However, with the development of science, LEDs were invented, and the amount of heat generated by light bulbs was reduced.
We wanted people to notice not only the beauty of the appearance and the novelty of the concept, but also the texture and ease of use. [Image 8
President Takahito Morita
Born in Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture.
After graduating from high school, he studied electronic engineering at a university in the United States, and after returning to Japan, entered the lacquerware industry. “I officially decided to take over the company after I returned to Japan, but from an early age, I always thought, ‘This is my final job as the successor.’ Currently, I am a young craftsman. We are also focusing on the development of
Morita Lacquerware Co., Ltd.
Representative: Takahito Morita, President and Representative Director Location: 528 Yamanaka Onsen Ueharamachi Wa, Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture 922-0106
Business: Manufacture and sale of Yamanaka lacquerware, inheritance of traditional craftsmanship
URL: https://urusi.jp/ (external link)
Morita Lacquerware Co., Ltd. is an affiliated company of Sdoms Media Japan Co., Ltd.
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